Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Track Cycling

Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Track Cycling

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The Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Track provides you with the specific coaching and training knowledge to enable you to help riders improve and develop in a performance environment.

The knowledge gained from completing this qualification will develop an understanding of safe, ethical and effective coaching, including an introduction to the processes and principles of planning, implementing, analysing and revising annual road and time trial coaching programmes.

Coaches who successfully complete this qualification will be able to deliver advanced techniques and tactics, independently plan annual coaching programmes and prescribe and evaluate training for experienced riders.

Course overview

The Level 3 Certificate is the next step for coaches who want to help their riders realise their potential.

The course consists of two programmes of face to face study; the Level 3 Core Unit and the Level 3 Discipline Specific Unit. Combined, the two programmes add up to a total of seven days of direct contact with British Cycling's expert tutors. 

In order to provide a comprehensive learning process, British Cycling coaching courses are delivered via combination of contact time, written coursework, online learning and practical assessment. Trainee coaches are also required to provide practical experience of work with individual riders throughout their study.

Course content

The course covers a wide variety of topics including:

  • Analysing rider performance.
  • Annual planning of a rider's racing and training schedule.
  • Prescribing and evaluating training.
  • Delivering advanced techniques and coach-led racing.
  • Testing and benchmarking rider performance.
  • Optimising equipment set-up and riding position.
  • Preparing a rider for race day.


Coaches are assessed across the two units of Level 3 Core and Level 3 Road and Time Trial.

A practical assessment will follow the course and will be conducted at a venue local to you, with your own riders. This is to be arranged once you feel you have had sufficient time to develop the new skills and knowledge you have obtained during training.

How do I get started?

There are different pathways available in order to be able to undertake a Level 3 coaching qualification. Essentially, you must work your way through the coaching pathway, qualifying first as a Level 2 Coach, then as a Level 2 Discipline specific coach before being eligible for the Level 3 equivalent.

There are exceptions to the rule though and a full outline of the available routes of study can be found here.

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How to apply

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